The Center for Experience & Opportunity

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The Center for Experience & Opportunity is designed to be a “one-stop shop” for students interested in accessing a variety of experiential learning opportunities:

  • Career Development: The CEO provides career planning support for students beginning in their first year. This includes interview and resume preparation and job search assistance as well as opportunities for students to interact with alumni and employers to build their professional networks.
  • Community Engagement: McDaniel students are committed to serving their community and we have a number of local non-profit partners to connect students with opportunities. The CEO plans service days and assists with service learning courses to help students better serve the community and build skills outside of the classroom.
  • International Programs: Responsible for coordinating the College’s study abroad programs. Services include advising students interested in studying abroad, assisting with the application process, helping faculty members plan Jan Terms Abroad, and facilitating the global initiatives of the College.
  • Scholarship & Fellowship Support: Students interested in applying for competitive scholarships and fellowships are encouraged to visit the CEO to work on their application materials and connect with faculty advisors, former recipients, and award representatives.

Click here to access McDaniel's four-year plan for student success.

Lower Level Rouzer

Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Walk-in hours Mon.-Fri. 1-3 p.m.
Phone: (410) 871-3305

Connie Sgarlata, Director of the Center for Experience & Opportunity
(410) 857-2280

Elizabeth Davis, Director, International and Off Campus Programs
(410) 871-3376

Cristal Fortino, , Associate Director of Career Development
(410) 857-2238

Joanna Hamburg, CEO Program Assistant
(410) 871-3305

Kristen Maddock, Associate Director of Community Engagement
(410) 386-4628

Employer/Alumni Connections

For Alumni

The CEO is open to Alums—you can request appointments, participate in on-campus recruiting, attend job fairs and utilize our physical as well as online resources!

Register with our online job database and search for local, regional, and national jobs. You can also receive regular email alerts and announcements from our office informing you of employers coming to campus, new jobs that have been posted, and upcoming job fairs.

For Employers

Post a Job or Internship Online at McDaniel College

Employers can list entry-level, mid-level, and high-level positions for McDaniel College students and/or alumni, using our online job posting system, Green Terror Job Connection. Simply log on and create an account. Once your profile has been approved, you can post positions, search for resumes, and manage your own on-campus interview schedules.

Schedule an On-campus Information Session

Information Sessions are a great way for students to meet company representatives and learn about possible employment opportunities. To request a date to visit campus, please complete and submit our Employer Request Form.

Schedule an On-campus Information Table

Information Tables are a convenient way for your company to share information and career opportunities with students in an informal setting. Tables are usually set up in the Decker College Center, our highest student traffic area on campus. To request a date to visit campus, please complete and submit our Employer Request Form.

Schedule On-campus Interviews

Companies on Campus, our Campus Recruitment Program, allows you to meet individually with applicants in our interview rooms. Program dates are available in September, October, November, February, March and April. We take care of the details. To request a date to visit campus, please complete and submit our Employer Request Form.

Community Engagement

Westminster is home to many nonprofit organizations, whose missions range from health education, to improving literacy, to environmental activism, to child care. With so many diverse organizations, many within walking distance or just a shuttle ride away, students find they can contribute to a cause they are passionate about, while also gaining valuable professional experience. 

The Center for Experience and Opportunity helps connect McDaniel College students to these nonprofit organizations at all levels of commitment, from semester long internships with nonprofits, to campus-wide community clean-up days.  Whether students want to gain extensive behind-scenes experience of working for a nonprofit, or just want to get out into the community to volunteer for a day, we connect students to the community organizations or campus clubs with which they can find meaningful experiences.

Special Opportunities

For students who want to delve deeper into the community with original volunteer projects or extensive internships, the CEO sponsers several different grant awards. These include the Griswold-Zepp Award in Volunteerism, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Students of Service Grants through Maryland Campus Compact.

Griswold-Zepp in Student Volunteerism Award: A grant supporting student-developed community service projects. In past years, students who won the Griswold-Zepp Award have taught social media workshops to nonprofits, or sponsored a trip to West Virginia to study the water quality and engage in community clean-ups.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award: An inspirational and voluntary self-development program, equipping participants with life skills in the four areas of community service, skill, physical fitness, and an adventurous journey.  Students who complete the requirements at the end of six months receive the Bronze Award.

Students of Service Awards: Students who participate in a Students of Service Grant, sponsored by Maryland DC Campus Compact, commit to completing 300 hours of service in a year, after which they are awarded an education grant.

Stop by the CEO office to learn about how to get involved in these opportunities!

Service Learning

McDaniel offers a variety of service-learning classes, which include an internship component working with a local nonprofit. Service-learning classes taught by McDaniel professors include Writing for Nonprofit Organizations, Health Psychology, Marginalized Cultures & Macro Intervention, Beyond the 9 to 5: work in the 24/7 Global Economy, and more.

Service-learning is an opportunity for students to volunteer at nonprofit agencies while receiving college credit from their instructors. Service-learning is designed to be mutually beneficial to the agency and the students—the agency receives volunteer hours from students in the form of on-site volunteering and/or help with individual projects; the students, in turn, gain “real-world” experience and a sense of community engagement and civic responsibility.

The Center for Experience and Opportunity connects students to these classes. We also support faculty as they develop and implement service-learning classes.